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michigan senate democratic leader gretchen whitmer coming to us from lansing. senator whitmer, thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room." >> i'm glad to be here with you governor. >> jennifer: all right. so you're in the thick of it. and in fact, i think you staged a sit-in with reverend jesse jackson and mayor virg bernero today. can you describe the scene at the capitol today? >> sure, governor. well, you know, before i even got my girls off to school, there were over 8,000 people at the capitol. by the end of the day estimates were upwards of 13,000. these are people who came here because they saw the governor trampling over our rights of speech, of our rights to participate in the debate. of our rights to have scrutiny of the bills. this governor last week actually locked people out of the capitol so they couldn't even come in and see what was happening. and so people are angry. i'm angry! i never thought i would see this happen in michigan. and in the most disgusting way! this is anti-worker. ant
. joining me now on the phone from lansing, michigan is zac paul. zac is over progress michigan that uses new media to build grassroots support for progressive ideas. zac has been on the front lines for the past two days in protesting the legislation. zac, welcome inside the war room. >> thanks for having me governor. >> give us the lay of the land zac. what's happening right now? >> i just ran back across the street from the capitol. there were hundreds of protesters, as you said locked outside of the building today. the governor announced this legislation just this morning at 11:00 a.m. and just minutes before 5:00 o'clock today before the show started, the bill had passed. unfortunately, the building had been locked with literally hundreds of people outside the building unable to get into the people's house to make their voices heard. meanwhile, we got numerous pictures from inside the house showing that the building was nowhere near capacity. >> before -- tell us explain why they were -- what was the rationale for locking the capitol down is it. >> t
that would severely undermine union power. cnn's alison kosik joins us live from lansing, michigan. alison, i know this was a surprise to some in michigan because governor rick snyder did a bit of an about face on this issue. >> reporter: and some are accusing the governor of really pushing this issue through the state house, and clearly they're not happy with it. you can see how unhappy those opposed to this bill are, just looking at the sheer number of demonstrators who came out last week and are expected to come out this week. thousands are expected to come out between today and tomorrow. president of one teachers union who we spoke with put it this way. she said, you know what, never in a million years did i ever think that michigan would ever become a right to work state, that michigan was built on unions, and you know what, she has a point there. unions have really been the backbone for workers in this state, especially when you look at the auto industry. 17.5% of the workers in this state are unionized. it's one of the highest rates in the country. and if this law passes, ted, politica
schuitmaker joins us from lansing. senator, how, tell us -- >> good morning. >> good morning to you. in your opinion, how would this make michigan's economy improve? >> well, this will certainly make michigan's economy improve, if you look at other right to work states, they have, take indiana for example they have 74 new projects since they got their right to work law on the books and if you look at our competitors we're losing jobs to those right to work stalts and as states and as a mom i want to keep my children in michigan and this is incumbent in terms of job growth. >> if it has merit why not go through the normal legislative process with the folks elected in november? >> this has been a discussion ongoing. i know when i ran for the senate two years ago i was asked substantially on the campaign trail about this, and this has been the discussion in fact in senate bill 116, one of the bills we are talking about right now, that was introduced at the beginning of the term, so this has been a discussion that has been evolving the last two years. >> why not wait another month or two? >> i t
the right-to-work measure tomorrow. he joins us now from lansing, the state capitol. so what do you say to the president, governor, who says this you are basically trying to bring down wages for working people in michigan? >> that's not true at all. if you look at he made the comment about bargaining for wangs. about bringing down wages. this legislation is about freedom to choose for workers, bill. this isn't about the relationship between employers and unions at all. this is not about collective bargaining at all. this is not about other basics, about organizing at all. this is about the relationship between unions and workers. >> if enough workers opt out of the unions the union's bargaining power goes down it's weaker. that's what mr. obama is trying to it say. why is to the state's advantage very specifically. why is it to the state's advantage to have a right-to-work law to give workers the option of going into a union or not? >> well, they both go together. if you step back at your comment it is important to recognize that unions could be weaker but why would they be weaker? it's
: but governor rick snyder says he will sign the right-to-work measure tomorrow. he joins us now from lansing, the state capitol. so what do you say to the president, governor, who says this you are basically trying to bring down wages for working people in michigan? >> that's not true at all. if you look at he made the comment about bargaining for wangs. about bringing down wages. this legislation is about freedom to choose for workers, bill. this isn't about the relationship between employers and unions at all. this is not about collective bargaining at all. this is not about other basics, about organizing at all. this is about the relationship between unions and workers. >> if enough workers opt out of the unions the union's bargaining power goes down it's weaker. that's what mr. obama is trying to it say. why is to the state's advantage very specifically. why is it to the state's advantage to have a right-to-work law to give workers the option of going into a union or not? >> well, they both go together. if you step back at your comment it is important to recognize that unions could be we
to sign tomorrow. the governor joining us now from lansing. i know you are busy, seen the video all day, questions on what the law and what it is not, and the president weighed in on his version and i'll play what he says and want your reaction to it. >> what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. david: "trying to take away your rights to bargain" is what what the bill is? >> not at all. it has nothing to do with collective bargaining. i believe in collective bargaining. this is about worker freedom, the union and workers, and this is a situation in which we're giving workers better freedom to choose than not have their dollars go to the union if they don't see value. in fact, i don't view it as anti-union, but the unions to accept up and why they add values to workers when workers see the value, sign up, and if you don't, hopefully unions are more responsive. secondly, it brings jobs to michigan, more and better jobs to the state. david: well, when you have the president of the
's important in it. >> poppy harlow joins us now from lansing. how damaging is this for unions? >> reporter: well, good morning, d don. if you ask the unions, they will tell you this could be extremely damaging to not just the unions, but they say to all of michigan, to all of the workers. that is their perspective. very different from those who support a right to work state. let's break this down for our viewers. what is right to work? in the state of michigan, no union and no employer together could mandate that an employee be part of the union or pay any amount of money to that union. right now, if you work at ford, general motors, chrysler on the line, you've got to be part of the uaw, part of the united auto workers. this would not only affect public sector workers like teachers but those private sector workers like auto workers. three bills passed, two in the senate last night, one in the house. the governor, rick schneider, very supportive of this legislation. it's expected to be taken up here again at the state capitol on tuesday. i want you to take a listen to jeff breslin. then yo
speaker who joins us live from lansing. are you concerned, mr. speaker, about a backlash? >> good morning, brian. that rhetoric is wholey unfortunate, it's inappropriate with those actions were. i don't believe that representative, either of the good people in michigan, as you saw those protests, we know that many protesters were literally trucked in from out of state. so we don't know whether that violence and those actions were even michigan people doing that. what we did see and what bothered me most were union leaders and democrat leaders referring to michigan's hard workers as free loaders. that's what i think is most inappropriate. michigan workers get up every day to literally build, grow and make michigan a fantastic state. they deserve much better respect than that. >> brian: there was a referendum on the ballot to make michigan a permanent union state. how did that go? >> it was overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of our state. it was an overreach and i think the voters spoke very clearly against putting that in our state constitution. >> brian: how do you defuse the anger, if
from lansing. not one worker from europe's biggest bank, hsbc, will far us a criminal charge after they were accuses of failing to guard against terrorists, tax cheat and drug cartels but agreed to pay a record $1.9 billion fine to settle the case. that probably won't hurt this bank at all. last quarter, they reported $2.5 billion in net profit. according to the treasury, the failure to police transactions allowed hundreds of millions of dollars in drug money from mexican cartels to flow into the united states. the feds report the bank broke finance laws when they did business with iran and libya and cuba and others. under their deem with the feds, the bank will pay the record fine, change some policies, but not one bank employee will ever face criminal prosecution. the prosecutors say department of justice officials wanted to bring criminal charges but decided not to not because of a lack evidence but because it would put the future of the largest banks at risk. think of that. not because they didn't have the goods. they were worried about the banking system. this says clearly it
, you know, here we go. joining us now from lansing, michigan, the republican governor of michigan, governor rick snyder. the issue at hand, the lead story, and that's the right-to-work legislation. you say it's going to lead to more and better jobs for people in the state of michigan. how? >> well, it will. if you look at -- you just need to look to indiana which passed similar legislation back in february. and the track record's clear. they've had a lot of companies come to indiana and making that one of their decisions to look to indiana. in fact, they've had 31 different companies accept offers from the indiana economic development corporation since that time that are accounting for thousands of jobs. so it's clear that companies are now coming to indiana that previously didn't have them on the list. so it will lead to more and better jobs, and that will happen here in michigan as well. but this legislation was primarily about being pro-worker, about giving workers freedom of choice. but the second added benefit is this jobs effect. >> i'm not sure they're going to appeal that
tobin is on fox top story. is he live at the capitol in lansing. i just we just heard from the governor, right, mike? >> we did. we heard from the governor with a column of state troopers in riot gear surrounding his office building from. behind that column of protection he made his announcement that right-to-work is now a reality. here in michigan the cradle of organized labor and the governor explained why. >> fortrong reasons. first of all, worker choice. the freedom to choose and the concept of more and better jobs for our state. i think it was a good thing to sign this legislation and move forward. [shouting] >> the demonstrations did get tough. tent americans for prosperity was toppled by union demonstrators with people inside. there were no significant injuries. there was also a report that one person was pepper sprayed and that is an individual who attempt to man handle a female state trooper. no arrests were made. for the most part what you had out here shepard is sound and fury because that's the only option the unions had. >> shepard: a lot of people probably recall a similar
approving the right to work legislation. what is next in this fight? reporter kristen dahm from the lansing state journal joins us. what can we expect? >> right now things are a little bit tempered after the news of yesterday, but things are going to heat up again come tuesday when it looks like this legislation will clear the legislature for the foreseeable future. >> greta: is this something that's been battled about and discussed, or has this come up new in the state of michigan? was this part of the governor'ss agenda? >> no, it was not. he said for two years it would not be part of his agenda. since the elections in november, issues like right to work have kind of reader their yo reared . since it's on the table for discussion, he wants to be a leader. however, some critics would say he's gone back on his word. >> greta: we know how republicans feel about it, and we know how the democrats feel about it in the state legislature. we no know how the union members feel about it. i'm curious about the rank-and-file union members in michigan or the people in michigan, what are they thinking
now from the michigan capital. correspondent mike tobin is live in lansing. good evening. >> good evening, bret. what you can't see tonight in darkness is a column of state troopers surrounding the for's office building. they are armed with baton and wearing riot gear. from behind that column of protection, governor snyder made his announcement that michigan is now a right to work state. >> you put your hands on me, see what happens. >> as the demonstrations get raucous in lansing, tent for the group americans for prosperity is knocked down. >> they rushed the tent. chanting "go home, go home, scabs, scabs, scabs." they trampled the tent. people were inside. >> then they went after the cameras of journalists recording what happened. [bleep] >> the camera. >> i have a right to do this. >> finally, michigan state troopers armed with baton, tear gas and gas masks calmed the situation. demonstrators came from all over michigan and neighboring states. united auto worker, teamsters, brotherhood of ewhether he can tri call workers and school teachers. the school district reports 750 staf
the right to work for less money. >> nbc is live from lansing, michigan, and from detroit i'm joined by michigan democratic congressman gary peters. ron, i'm going to start with you. describe the scene for us there and what's at stake. >> reporter: good day to you. it just started snowing within the past few minutes. these folks are braving very cold temperatures here but they're very fired up about this legislation being pushed through the state house today. as you have reported it will turn michigan into a right to work state. republican governor rick schneider and other supporters of this legislation says it actually makes michigan more attractive for businesses around the country who may be considering relocating their businesses to michigan. workers are the ones you see behind me, several thousand hearsay this is nothing but an attempt to try to break the back of unions in a state where ally unions are synonymous with michigan. we've spoken to a number of workers this morning who say this was a backhanded way for the governor and republican toss get something away from democrats
, reaction, joining us from washington, marjorie, a democratic strategist and here in the studio, democrat and fox news analyst, kirsten powers. so the lansing thing, i don't think this is isolated and the networks knew about it because it was on every web site in the world. and they chose not to bring it to their viewers. >> yeah. >> bill: why do you think? >> i can't speak for them, but i certainly can say whenever there was a tea party rally and they found one sign out of 500 people that was racist, then they would use that to show that the entire movement was racist. so it seems odd in this situation that they would ignore a story that makes the ruins not look very good and in the clips you showed, talk being how there is a lot of anger and that seems to be a good example of anger. >> bill: were you ever a reporter? >> huh-uh. >> bill: i was a reporter for many, many years. i'll tell you, video like this, golden. golden. stuff like this, you would have to put it in your package. >> yeah. >> bill: yet all three, marjorie, all three leave it out. can you -- do you have any explanation at
of all of it out there in lansing, and joining me now from inside the statehouse, of course, the michigan governor rick snyder. governor snyder, thank you very much for joining us. tell me why now and why this issue, why take this on? this is not what you campaigned on. >> no. i appreciate that, andrea. it really goes back to last summertime. the labor movement, labor leaders were pushing forward something called proposal 2. they were doing signatures to put on it the ballot, which would have been a massive overreach into michigan's constitution regarding collective bargaining. i believe in collective bargaining, but this was way over the top, and i asked him not to go forward, and the reasons i said is you are going to start a very divisive discussion regarding collective bargaining first, but it also will get into right to work. it will create a big stir about right to work in addition to collective bargaining. the voters spoke in november and dramatically voted down proposal two, but then this right to work discussion just continued to escalate and was becoming very divisive. the way i
and organized labor in america. >> all right. poppy is on the scene for us in lansing michigan. >>> here in washington, everyone's eyes are on the calendar. this friday, the house of representatives is supposed to break for the holidays. christmas is exactly two weeks from today. so when are we going to get a deal on taxes and spending cuts? our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is up on capitol hill. what are you hearing, dana? >> reporter: the senate majority leader who told me he's one of the biggest pessimists says he thinks it's going to be very difficult to get a deal done by christmas. meanwhile, republicans don't have a lot of opposition to raising the tax rates tried a different tactic today. a new coordinated message from republicans searching for more secure political footing. mr. president, show us your cuts. >> where are the president's spending cuts? the longer the white house slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff. >> nobody should trust democrats to put a dime until real deficit reductions. >> reporter: to better understand the
the kid in all of us. enjoy free shipping and great values on your holiday shopping from l.l. bean. >>> dow up 92 points. the nasdaq really being helped by the gains we're seeing this morning in shares of apple. the nasdaq is higher by more than 1%. apple computer is up by 2.4 brs. bullish note for the demand for itv due out sometime next year. >> meantime, the fed beginning its final major policy meeting of the year today. cnbc is out with the latest fed survey. the senior economics reporter stee leesman is at headquarters. >> carl, if you could name one reason why the fed will do additional qe and why it's doing it now, why would the reason be? just in general, what's the major goal here? >> to compensate for the fiscal cliff. >> no. >> austerity. >> no. >> low mortgage rates. >> no. what about unemployment? >> got him on the third try. >> that's the one that the fed keeps saying, the reason why it's doing qe. we asked our correspondents whether or not mr qe would bring down the unemployment rate. guess what they said, no. 59% said, more qe, which the fed is expected to announce
next year can be devastating. terry from langs told me that she unexpectedly -- terry from lansing told me that she unexpectedly lost her job when the company went out of business and has had to struggle through foreclosure, like too many families, and use their 401(k), her roth i.r.a. and savings to get by. and she writes, "i am part of the baby boomer generation, and now i live paycheck to paycheck, just barely surviving." $2,200 makes a huge difference to her. zelda from washinaw writes, "that $2,200, that's our groceries for four months." four months of groceries for zelda's family. it's what we're talking about. if the senate bill does not get passed by the house. carol from michigan writes, "i'm a retired grandmother getting a state pension and social security. i also have three teenage grandchildren living with me." not a new story for many, many people. three teenage grandchildren living with me. "any increase in anything might break me," she says. thomas from grand rapids write writes -- quote -- "i will most likely have to find a job to make ends meet." so much for being retir
who protect us. and who teach our children. while worker rights were protected in ohio, up north what was done in lansing intends to extend far beyond the borders of just michigan. it will impact workers who commute from my state of ohio and indiana. this is about more than just one state. in fact, this is a national issue. not a state rights issue at all. this union busting bill is the direct result of weak federal legislation and i'm talking about section 14-b of the taft-hartley act which weakened the rights of labor. . congress should overturn that part of the law and should recognize the labor rights of every american citizen. that is why i joined a number of my colleagues in introducing legislation, h.r. 2775, that would do just that. we should not have individual states competing against each other in a race to the bottom. haven't we seen enough of that? we need to support and build the american middle class by creating good jobs, good-paying jobs and secure benefits through secure jobs. i stand with the workers of michigan and am proud to do so. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield
argue in this battle, uaw president bob king joining us from lansing. welcome back inside "the war room". >> thank you, jennifer. good to be with you. >> you were one of the ones who was locked out of the capitol today. has that ever happened to you before? >> no. it hasn't. pretty unbelievable. i don't know it's happened in michigan before. >> if everybody was locked out today and the court ruled the building has to be opened, will people be coming back on tuesday for the completion of this act? >> oh, yeah. there will be a big turnout of working people, working families on tuesday. >> tell people what this whether mean for the uaw if this passes >> it's more what it means for the citizens of michigan right to work states have lower wages, great he were income disparity t funding for public education. all of these negatives for the citizens of michigan that's what right to work brings to a state. it does not bring economic prosperity. i have heard the governor and some others say, well indians is getting a lot of jobs. that was only february they pass
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